Before I left the University of Iowa, I started a collaboration with fellow Iowa grad students Edmarie Guzman-Velez and Alaine Reschke-Hernandez, looking at the effects of music on emotions in patients with Alzheimer's disease. We recently started collecting data on the experiment, and today, a local Iowa news station did a news story on it. See it here!
This experiment was based off a study Edma published in 2014, which found that patients with Alzheimer's disease still felt emotions up to 30 minutes after watching emotional video clips, even if they did not remember watching the clips at all. In our current study, we're attempting to see if this effect replicates with musical stimuli.
This has been a really fun project for me for many reasons. For one, Alaine is a Music Therapist and Edma is a Clinical Psychologist. This is true interdisciplinary work. It's been fun to see how we each bring a different perspective to the table in order to achieve a common goal. I certainly think this project is better than it would have been if any of us had attempted it alone. It's also been a great way to work with some fellow awesome #WomenInSTEM.
For any music therapists out there, Alaine will be presenting preliminary results from this work at the American Music Therapy Association Annual Meeting in November, so be sure to check it out!